The RSPCA are investigating a shocking case in which a dog was left tied to a tree with horrific injuries, believed to have been caused by hunting.
The lurcher cross was first spotted tied to a tree on a lane off Brownside Road, Worsthorne, at around 6am on Monday October 9th.
RSPCA inspector Lyndsey Taylor said: “Seeing him again at 9-30am, a member of the public went to investigate and found him to have numerous injuries. They cut him free and took him to a local vets who then reported him to us.
“He has a recent and severe injury to his nose, and injuries to his muzzle, ears, body and lower limbs which is a tell tale sign of him having been used for hunting, but is also covered in older wounds and scars.
“He also has an injured front leg which he can’t put weight on, long nails and pressure sores on his hind legs. He’s in a terrible state.”
He is described as a large neutered male, brindle and white in colour, aged around four years old. He wasn’t wearing a collar and isn’t microchipped as is required by law.
Inspector Taylor added: “The injuries sustained by this dog are horrific.
“He is suffering, and has clearly suffered repeatedly, as a result of his owner’s desire to inflict pain and suffering on other animals, likely foxes, who have no doubt also suffered a great deal.
“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw this dog in the area sometime during the evening of October 8th and the early hours of the following day, but also if anyone recognises this dog or has noticed a dog like this no longer living in an enclosure or back yard.”
Anyone with any specific information is asked to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Taylor.
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